conference programme



11.00 – 20.00


12.30 – 13.45

Concurrent sessions

13.45 – 15.00

Concurrent sessions

15.00 – 15.30


15.30 – 16.45

Concurrent sessions

16.45 – 18.00

Concurrent sessions

18.15 – 20.00

Welcome addresses and welcome reception

Venue: Università Telematica Pegaso – Sede Principale

19.30 – 20.00

Signatures of international bilateral agreements

20.00 –

Dinner for panellists and invited guests (by invitation)

Note: Walking city tours to historical center of Naples will be organized at 13. – 15. and 15.30. – 17.30 (meeting point: Santa Chiara)

08.30 – 12.00


09.00 – 9.30

Conference opening

9.30 – 10.45

Keynote speeches and discussion

10.45 – 11.30

Coffee break with official photo session

11.30 – 12.45

Academic leadership forum

12.45 – 13.00

Invitation to MakeLearn 2019

13.00 – 14.30

Standing lunch – Chiostro Santa Maria la Nova (Municipality of Naples)

14.30 – 15.45

Concurrent sessions

15.45 – 16.15

Coffee break

16.15 – 17.30

Concurrent sessions

17.30 – 18.45

Concurrent sessions

20.00 – 22.30

Dinner with social event (at location Zi Teresa Ristorante)

08.00 – 13.00

Exhibition of journals

8.30 – 10.00

Concurrent sessions

10.00 – 11.00

Editors’ panel with editors of Scopus and WoS indexed journals

11.00 – 11.30

Publishing opportunities – presentations of other international journals

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee break, meetings with editors of International Journals

12.00 – 12.30

Introduction to Resesarch-education-business forum given by Prof. Dr. Ronny Adhikarya

12.30 – 13.15

Research-education-business forum

13.15 – 14.00

Research & project opportunities presentations

14.00 –

Networking afternoon in Naples

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Whole day trip

8.45 – 18.30

Napoli – Pompei – Ravello – Amalfi – Napoli (for pre-registered excursion participants)

keynote speaker

Dr. Moti Zwilling

Dr. Moti Zwilling, Ariel University, Israel

Topic: Are we safe? – The impact of Cyber Technology on privacy concern and organizational hazards.

Cyber Technology used by organizations and individuals has turned to be one of the most important topics for research and development in the recent years. As more and more individuals and organizations set their life to be dependent on computer services, portable devices such as mobile phones iPads, IOTs (Internet of things) and additional instruments that allow them to access computer networks easily while turning their day to day life activities simpler than ever, the usage of smart devices offer embodies many hazards which are not so often “known” to the typical user. Identity theft, privacy concern, cyberbullying and malicious code are just several examples of cyber hazards among many others. These hazards expose not only individuals but also organizations to cyber attacks which in most cases aimed to harm the firm’s crucial assets and to expose one’s identity. Side by side, organizations, need to educate their employees to comply with policies and security guidelines without much success. In this presentation, we will present new perspectives and trends related to cyber security which have become a severe threat to individuals’ privacy and organizations data. Several solutions range from cyber education programs to biometric technologies to face these hazards will be provided. The Israeli case study to illustrate the phenomena and the suggested solutions as part of cyber education and training program will be presented.

About the keynote speaker:

Dr. Zwilling is data scientist and cyber security expert. He is senior lecturer of Information systems and marketing at the Department of Economics and Business Administration, Ariel University. He is managing the Data Science Lab and serves as a Project Leader of Cyber Security research projects at the Center for Cyber Innovation Technology, Ariel University. His projects involve machine learning, big data, and computer vision analysis. Dr. Zwilling’s primary focus is in promoting innovative research methods related to machine learning and data science to encourage applied intelligent applications and systems in social humanities and business. Dr. Zwilling has more than 17 years experience in top R&D positions in the Israeli High-Tech Industry. Research interests of Dr. Zwilling lie in the design and analysis of machine learning and data mining applications in Marketing and Business, Social Networks, Cyber Security and Recommender Systems. His publications appear in Marketing and Computer Science Top Journals, Conference proceedings, and patents.

Carla Bodo

Dr. Carla Bodo, Vice-President, Associazione per l`Economia della Cultura, Italy

Topic: Cultural economics and health and welfare policies: a new positive financial and social perspective.

The positive impact of arts activities and of cultural participation on human health and wellbeing in our societies are by now generally acknowledged. This lecture briefly describes the state of the art in the field, and the related, administratively integrated public policies carried out by some of the more active and successful countries (France, the UK, the USA), as well as their societal benefits. Both in terms of social inclusion and improving the quality of life, in particular of the aging population, on one side, and of positive financial implications for the public purse on the other side, by fostering cost savings for the health care systems: even more so at the light of the forthcoming demographic trends.

About the keynote speaker:

Carla Bodo is founding member and Vice-President for International Relations of the Associazione per l’ Economia della Cultura (Rome), and member of the board of editors of the journal “Economia della Cultura”. Former director of the Observatory for the Performing Arts of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, previously she has been head of the Unit “Cultural economics and cultural policy” at ISAE, the Italian government’s institute for economic analysis.

A law graduate at the University of Genoa, and Fulbright scholar on cultural policies at the New York University, Department of Public Administration, she is author and editor of several books, articles and publications mainly focusing on the institutional, economic, social and financial aspects of cultural policy, among which the two “Rapporti sull’economia della cultura in Italia” 1980-1990 and 1990-2000.

Among her international activities she is a national expert for the Compendium – Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe (, a member of the board of Ecures, and she has served on the board of CIRCLE and as a member of UNESCO’s Italian National Commission. She has been a consultant to the European Commission (as coordinator of the Task Force on cultural expenditure and financing of the EUROSTAT Working Group on Cultural Statistics 2000-2004), to UNESCO (Framework for Cultural Statistics), to the Council of Europe (Evaluation of national cultural policies), and to the French, Japanese and Russian governments.

She actively participates to several international conferences, and she lectures on cultural management in Italian and foreign universities.

Editors’ Panel

This year, the panel is split into two parts:
(1) discussion with editors-in-chief of Scopus-Indexed and WoS journals and
(2) presentations of editors of other journals.

Scopus-indexed journal editors’ Panel

The Editors’ Panel aims to bring top editors from leading international journals around the world including Scopus and WoS journals to share their ideas about criteria of selection and of potential publication. This discussion is expected to benefit and strengthen future publications among doctoral students, junior faculties and others. The editors’ insights and viewpoints are crucial for the preparation of a paper as well as submission preparation.

(1) In the Panel the following Scopus and WoS indexed journals and their editors will participate:
Panel Chair: Dr. Kongkiti Phusavat, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Innovation and Learning, Scopus and WoS (ESCI) indexed journal
Dr. Valerij Dermol, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Value Chain Management, Scopus indexed journal
Dr. Zbigniew Pastuszak, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, Scopus indexed journal
Dr. Dušan Lesjak, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Management in Education, Scopus indexed journal
Dr. Jeretta Horn Nord, Executive Editor, The Journal of Computer Information Systems, WoS – Clarivate Analytics and Scopus indexed journal

Invited guests:
Dr. Bart Debicki, Editorial Review Board member, Family Business Review Journal (Wos), award winner as Outstanding Reviewer (2 times),
Dr. Nada Trunk Širca, Editor-in-Chief, ToKnowPress – International Academic Publisher.

Presentations of editors of other journals

International Journal of Law and Digital Society, Dr. Augusto Sebastio, Associate Editor,
Iliria International Review, Dr. Mixhait Reçi, Editor-in-Chief,
International Journal of Synergy and Research, Dr. Anna Rakowska, Editor-in-Chief,
International Journal of Business Development and Research, Dr. Haruthai Numprasertchai, Editor-in-Chief,
Management, Alen Ježovnik, Managing and Production Editor,
Scientific Bulletin of the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Dr. Anca Draghici, Editor-in-Chief,
Journal of Inspiration Economy, Dr. Mohamed Buheji, Founding Editor,
International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning, Dr. Kristijan Breznik, Editor-in-Chief,
Journal of Information Systems and Operations Management, Dr. George Carutasu, Managing Director,
Gazzetta Forense, Pegaso Online University, Italy, Dr. Roberto Dante Cogliandro, Director,
Rogiosi Editions
Pegaso Online University, Italy, Dr. Rosario Bianco, Director.

academic leadership forum

The Academic Leadership Forum aims to bring distinguished academics around the world to share their views and ideas about the higher education challenges and solutions in a network society.


Dr. Giovanni Cannata, Rector, Universitas Mercatorum, Italy
Prof. dr. Dušan Lesjak, International SChool for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia


Dr. George Carutasu, American University in Bucharest, Romania
Dr. Ryszard Dębicki, former Deputy Rector for Research and International Cooperation at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland
Dr. Gary J. DeLorenzo, California University of PA, USA
Dr. Francesco Fimmanò, Pegaso Online University, Italy
Dr. Pekka Kess, University of Oulu, Finland
Dr. Karim Moustaghfir, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
Dr. Bordin Rassameethes, Kasetsart Universiy, Bangkok
Dr. Giuseppe Saccone, European Polytechnical University, Bulgaria

Research – Education – Business Forum


ICT as enabler of Sharing Economy development: Building a sharing society

Discussion Outline:

Sharing economy is an umbrella term with a range of meanings, often used to describe economic activity involving online transactions. It is also known as shareconomy, collaborative consumption, collaborative economy, or peer economy. A typical academic definition of the term refers to a hybrid market model (in between renting and gift giving) of peer-to-peer exchange. Uberization is also an alternative name for the phenomenon. Nowadays, most businesses use their websites to provide different information and functionalities to their customers or business partners. Most commonly, those businesses which have a website offer product catalogs or price lists, while less often advertise jobs or accepted online job applications, offer online ordering, reservation or booking options, and have website functionalities that provide for online tracking of orders. In addition to websites, businesses can use social media channels to spread information or for marketing or promotional purposes. Almost half of all EU businesses report that they use at least one social media channel: most common are social networks, following by multimedia content sharing websites and blogs or microblogs. On the other hand, collaborative consumption as a phenomenon is a class of economic arrangements in which participants mutualize access to products or services, rather than having individual ownership. The collaborative consumption model is used in online marketplaces such as eBay as well as emerging sectors such as social lending, peer-to-peer accommodation, peer-to-peer travel experiences, peer-to-peer task assignments or travel advising, commute-bus sharing.

The forum session aims to discuss challenges and risks related to the sharing economy activities which are being increasingly implemented in the majority of businesses worldwide. In the discussion, distinguished representatives of the business sector and academia will participate.


Dr. Nada Trunk Širca

Dr. Ronny Adhikarya, Hawaii-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce, USA


Dr. Bart Debicki, Towson University, USA
Dr. Anca Draghici, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Dr. Francesco Fimmanò, UNIPEGASO, Italy
Dr. Giuseppe Gambardella, UNIPEGASO, Italy
Dr. Jeretta Horn Nord, Oklahoma State University, USA
Dr. Susana de Juana-Espinosa, University of Alicante, Spain
Dr. Giuseppe Paolone, UNIPEGASO, Italy
Dr. Kongkiti Phusavat, Faculty of Engineering, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Dr. Adam Śliwiński, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Dr. Matei Tămăşilă, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Dr. Jan Chadam, Faculty of Economics, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland
Dr. Moti Zwilling, Ariel University, Israel

Important dates

Registration opens: 12 October 2017
Abstract submission due: 30 April 2018
Full paper for proceedings submission due: 15 April 2018
Full paper for sponsored journals submission due: depends on the journal
Notification of abstract acceptance: 10 days after submission
Notification of acceptance of full-paper in conference proceedings: 20 days after submission
Notification of acceptance of full-paper in sponsored journal: depending upon journal’s policy
Final (revised) paper for proceedings submission due: 15 April 2018
Conference dates: 16–18 May 2018
Early registration due 10 April 2018


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